Mom And Son Safari
  • On Sep 25, 2012
    Ashley from PA Asked

    I am traveling to Disney for the first time with my 2 year old. I'm looking for any suggestions for traveling with a little one especially any helpful hints on the flight/items of need for our trip. Do we bring a carseat? or just a stroller? etc.

    Hello, Ashley!

    Wow! A first trip to WDW with a toddler can be a most magical thing...enjoy watching your little one experience all of the magic for the very first time! You'll never forget it!

    Regarding your flight, we picked up a really inexpensive bag w/ wheels that zipped over the carseat. ($30) This allowed us to use the carseat on the plane (totally up to you), wheel it in the airport AND even use it like a booster seat in our hotel room at Walt Disney World. (Our little guy was really comfy with his toddler-sized seat, set on the floor, as he munched on a snack, drank from his sippy cup and watched a favorite Disney show as the rest of us showered, got ready for dinner or even rested.) Of course, the carseat isn't necessary, so if it becomes a huge burden, you can easily leave it home.

    We always bring our own basic supplies, too, so think about must-haves. You can check a box of supplies just as easily as a suitcase if you are flying in, and can even ship a box or two of supplies to your resort as well. We've gathered items such as apple juice boxes, healthy kid-friendly snacks, diapers, etc. If there is a toddler favorite, bring it, as it will bring comfort in moments of uncertainty. 

    When heading out, ALWAYS have a cold drink, a familiar, favorite snack and a tiny treat. Before your little one gets too tired, or is frustrated, whip out the cold drink, the fruit snacks or the surprise Mickey-shaped lollipop. A pleasant diversion works wonders on kids and grownups alike!

    Finally, don't push it two days in a row. One long day needs a relaxing day to follow, for everyone involved. Try early open once, then be casual the next day. Kids pick up on our own stress levels, and react accordingly, so give all of you a reward for getting through a long day by scheduling an easy day to follow. 

    Send more questions as you think of them; I'd love to help!

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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Pennsylvania

I am a teacher, wife and mom who has been a member of the Disney Vacation Club since 2003. I love discovering a new favorite DVC resort, fantastic restaurant or hidden gem onboard a Disney ship! I'm a micro-planner who can help you capture your own magic! Learn More About Andrea

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